March 3, 2018 Subject:
I love trouble
Enjoyed it from beginning to end. Yet at times i found myself puzzled. Very good acting. However not my kind of Noir, but I guess technically it would fall under that type of movie.
September 24, 2016 Subject:
He Got Trouble
I don't want to say too much in specifics about the film. The quality isn't great. The story has elements common to the genre and era. At times, the detective (Tone) seems to be impersonating Bogart. Despite all the shortcomings and convoluted plot, it's good . . . very very good. Glenda Farrell, better known from her own string of B pix, is solid as "Bix." Supporting cast is capable. Even Burr, briefly as a heavy (read his bio on the Web, it's good too) does okay. "Boots" is a lotta dame too.
March 19, 2016 Subject:
Good story...Fair screenplay...Poor video
Franchot Tone reminded me somewhat of William Powell(though noit as debonair) in the Thin Man series. The story was also reminiscent of Dashiell Hammett's Thin Man. The trouble is that the script was only so-so. The cast played their characters well. The video quality was poor.
Overall a fair movie
October 12, 2015 Subject:
forerunner of the Rockford Files
I remember a Rockford Files episode by John Thomas James (pen name of Roy Huggins) with a plot with similarities to this story.. The book this screenplay is written from The Double Take was a book Huggins said he wrote after writing out a Raymond Chandler novel word for word to get a sense of how Chandler constructed a Phillip Marlowe yarn. Huggins took a long successful piggy-back ride to becoming known as a television genius, which was truly amazing.
September 28, 2015 Subject:
If you like Perry Mason this is a must see. You even see Raymond Burr in a few scenes, not to mention the same Los Angeles backdrop used in Perry Mason. Yes, the quality is poor, but it is great that someone saved it from its vinegar death.
November 14, 2014 Subject:
I ordinarily would subtract a star for poor film quality, but this story, the players, and their performances, were so good that I cannot give it less than 5 stars.
I enjoyed seeing Long Beach, Venice, and other stomping grounds of my youth as I remember them.
I will watch this one again.
September 24, 2012 Subject:
A charming private eye flick that very much fits the description "noirish"; especially in its wildly convoluted plot.
Too bad the video quality is so poor, but I found it very enjoyable in spite of that.
Franchot Tone may not completely set the screen on fire in the lead role, but he does a creditable job, and many of the peripheral and supporting characters are quite delightful, especially Adele Jergens as his on-the-ball secretary "Boots." It was also a hoot to see Raymond Burr in a bit part.
February 27, 2012 Subject:
Don't know what to say.....
Tried to download this twice, both times was told it has a virus in it. I download using BitComit, because it lets me use 20 people to download from. This si the first time I have ever gotten this message before. Just wanted to give people the heads-up. Too bad, I wanted to see this movie.
July 25, 2011 Subject:
Also having problems
viewing and am using VLC. Also having problems getting the entire file to download. The download stops 36 minutes into the film (.ogv). Will try again (with a different file type) as I like Franchot Tone and it's a good film.
May 24, 2010 Subject:
Marvelous movie in bad shape
Dynamic storytelling, good acting especially from Franchot Tone, who gave the private eye a very personal note. I had to do some research to find out in which film I had seen him before: "Five Graves to Cairo" by Billy Wilder, unfortunately not available here.
The video quality is really poor, but one forgets it until the screen blackens out again and there is nothing to see for some seconds. But it doesn´t matter. Worth a Download.
May 16, 2010 Subject:
synchronicity issues between images and sounds
Lovers of pristine prints beware: the print is in bad shape as the uploader stated, with the odd jumpy image, stain and short blank.
Nice little film noir, with a screenplay penned by Roy Huggins, who also wrote the screenplay for Too Late for Tears, one of my personal favorites. The cast is good and the acting fine. The plot was a bit overwhelming for me, and a second viewing will be in order to take it all in.
I watched it with Windows Media Player (version 10) and the sounds started getting out of whack with the images about 32mn50s into the movie, with sounds delayed by a few seconds. However, the VLC player was able to play the film without a hitch. If you encounter similar problems, switch to VLC.